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    Effects of radiation on Japanese butterflies

    Laboratory experiments show that eating food contaminated with even relatively low levels of radiation can have detrimental effects on pale grass blue butterflies, a common species in Japan; these effects are passed down the generations, but are reversible.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14:193
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    Hidden riches

    Knowledge of microbial diversity remains rudimentary, limited by lack of material for DNA sequencing techniques; yet many laboratories and private collections have vast microbial stocks which, properly used, could fill these gaps.

    BMC Research Notes 2014, 7:592
  • Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease

    Villemagne & colleagues discuss the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative, which represents a great opportunity to establish standards for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, in a global effort to increase understanding of the pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s.

    Alzheimer's Research & Therapy 2014, 6:62
  • Recombinant thrombomodulin and DIC

    This study suggested that the administration of recombinant thrombomodulin before the progression of disease-causing DIC may be better than that after the progression of disease-causing DIC.

    Journal of Intensive Care 2014, 2:49
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    Footedness for dynamic balance

    During single-leg stance on a stable floor, there was no clear lateral dominance of the postural stability. Under the same posture on an oscillatory floor, however, the right-side dominance of postural stability was recognized. Functional role in dominance leg is discussed.

    Journal of Physiological Anthropology 2014, 33:25


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